An·i·mos·i·ty n.; pl. Animosities
1. Mere spiritedness or courage. [Obs.]
Such as give some proof of animosity, audacity, and execution, those she [the crocodile] loveth. --Holland.
2. Violent hatred leading to active opposition; active enmity; energetic dislike.
Syn: -- Enmity; hatred; opposition. -- Animosity, Enmity. Enmity be dormant or concealed; animosity is active enmity, inflamed by collision and mutual injury between opposing parties. The animosities which were continually springing up among the clans in Scotland kept that kingdom in a state of turmoil and bloodshed for successive ages. The animosities which have been engendered among Christian sects have always been the reproach of the church.
Such [writings] as naturally conduce to inflame hatreds and make enmities irreconcilable. --Spectator.
[These] factions . . . never suspended their animosities till they ruined that unhappy government. --Hume.
n : a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility [syn: animus,